Call for Doctoral Symposium XP2013


The goal of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to get feedback on their research and to gain insight into other students’ research and current practice. The symposium aims to form a collaborative network across students, researchers and practitioners within the field. PhD students carrying out research on related topics, are invited to submit a position paper to the Doctoral Symposium.


Submissions should be maximum 2 pages in the conference paper format, including all references and figures. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the Symposium’s program committee members. The criteria used for accepting a paper include potential quality of the research, contribution of the work to the field and overall quality of the position paper. Acceptance will be based on quality of the proposal and relevance to the symposium theme. The position paper should include:
  • author’s name
  • affiliation
  • an abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • the name of the student’s PhD supervisor(s)
and either:
  • The problem(s) that the proposed research is going to solve, and the motivation for solving them
  • The aims and objectives of the proposed research
  • The research methodology to be used to achieve the research goals, including a brief description of work done to date and a tentative research plan for future work
  • The main contribution(s) of the research to the field of agile/lean methodologies
  • A description of a single study conducted so far
Accepted position papers will be presented during the XP2013 Doctoral Symposium. Please note that these papers will be not published in the XP2013 proceedings. All submissions should be submitted electronically in PDF format to

The Symposium

Participants will be asked to prepare a presentation including a discussion of their main research challenges to be presented on the first day of the conference. This will be limited to fifteen minutes. An expert panel composed of senior researchers and practitioners coming from university and industry will then work with presenters to help shape their work through the conference. On the final day of the conference, symposium attendees will re-group to reflect on lessons learned and new ideas.


If you have any questions, please feel encouraged to send them via email to: Johanna Hunt (

Important dates

January 25th, 2013 Early Submission deadline
February 22nd, 2013 Early Feedback to authors
April 26th, 2013 Final Submission deadline